Trilix’s latest addition to the team is Interactive Designer Michael Niland. Originally from West Des Moines, Michael’s expertise started in graphic design and eventually evolved into web design. When he’s not busy designing websites, his side-hobbies include traveling to new places and being outdoors. We sat down with Michael to get to know him a little better. Here are some more fun facts about our newest web design aficionado.
Did you go to college, if so, where and what was your major?
I graduated with a degree in graphic design from Iowa State. I took a couple of web classes while in college, but the substantial learning took place at my first job out of college. In the beginning, I was more of a traditional graphic designer, but over time, web became my focus.
What’s your experience before joining Trilix?
Right out of college I worked at Ten25, a small agency in West Des Moines. At the time, I was one of two people who worked there. After almost four years, I decided to make switch and joined the Trilix team.
Where are you from originally?
Originally from West Des Moines but decided life in the ‘burbs wasn’t for me.
What first made you interested in web development/design?
Growing up I always had an interest in technology and user experience, most likely because of the original iPod and iTouch. I took programming and art classes while in high school, and ultimately, that landed me in graphic design at Iowa State.
If you didn’t work in this industry, what other career path would you choose?
In another life I would have been a wilderness guide. I thoroughly love to travel and being outdoors (biking, backpacking, kayaking, skiing, etc.).
What do you like to do in your spare time when not at work?
I enjoy being outside, spending time with my dog and playing music (not well).
Give us a fun or weird fact about you not many people know.
I consider cooking a hobby, but I’m not the best at following recipes. I attempt to add my own personal flare to each dish for mixed results.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Thai curry forever.
You receive a fairy godmother who will grant you three wishes. What would you wish for?
That Iowa had Mountains, an end to world hunger (cliché, but I’m not a monster) and for three more wishes.
If you could live anywhere in the world (other than Des Moines, of course) where would it be?
Wellington, New Zealand, or Reykjavik, Iceland.